Sanders: GOP must summon the courage to stand up to Trump's 'racist ramblings'

Sanders: GOP must summon the courage to stand up to Trump's 'racist ramblings'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Ben & Jerry’s co-founders announce effort to help 7 Dem House challengers Dems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states MORE (I-Vt.) called on Republican lawmakers to push back against the "racist ramblings" of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE the day after the president reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations as "shithole countries" in an Oval Office meeting.

"Republicans in Congress must now summon the courage to stand up to the racist ramblings of our 'stable genius' president," Sanders wrote on Twitter Friday, referencing a tweet in which Trump called himself a "very stable genius."

 

The tweet came a day after reports surfaced that Trump demanded in a meeting on immigration reform with lawmakers to know why the U.S. admits immigrants from "shithole countries."

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In that meeting, Trump also reportedly suggested encouraging more immigration from countries like Norway, whose prime minister visited the White House the day before.

The remark drew swift and sharp backlash from lawmakers, who accused Trump of racism.

The meeting between Trump and a small group of lawmakers on Thursday came as Congress founders in its efforts to pass a measure enshrining the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program into law.

That program, which the Trump administration rescinded in September, offered undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children a temporary reprieve from deportation and permission to work. 

Trump and some GOP lawmakers rejected a proposal by a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday that sought to address such protections and increase border security. The White House has insisted that any such proposal must include funding for Trump's long-promised wall along the southern border.